One on One - Book 6, Volume 29

Order your Super Bowl Weekend Pizza from the Boy Scouts this Sunday!

Nancy set a high standard for our Anniversary celebration. I will have to be extra creative next year if I am going to top her surprises from this past weekend. We started with our small group’s attendance at the Indy Fuel Hockey game Friday night. From there we went to The Villa Inn, a bed and breakfast owned by Ben and Elaine Life. Waiting for us there were miniature chocolate cakes and strawberries. The next morning we enjoyed breakfast and then an appointment with the Villa’s Spa Services. I had my first manicure and facial. (I told her next year I would schedule an appointment with a P90X trainer to make up for the mani). Then we headed east on I-70 to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in New Castle, which I’ve always wanted to see. She did a great job of mixing our interests and making the date special.

This weekend, we will head our separate ways due to our work schedule. Saturday, Nancy will head down to New Albany to get her hair done by her daughter, Arisa, and grab a little time with the grandchildren, Ava and Dain, while I am leading a spiritual training workshop for our committee chairs and ministry team leaders with Pastor Matthew. Sunday after church, I will head down to Evansville for an overnight visit with Kelsey and Matt and to get some Coen time, as Nancy has to work on Martin Luther King Day.

Monday, the Finance Committee approved a spring fund raising effort by the Family Ministries Team which will involve using envelops numbered $1 thru $144 with the idea that you choose the envelope with the dollar amount you wish to donate. If all envelopes are taken, over $10,000 will be raised. The committee also approved a fund raising Ham & Bean Dinner with a Country Music theme in March for the Reynosa Feeding Program. Tuesday, our staff went through CPR and First Aid Training with Nancy Bellinger. We are so grateful for Nancy offering her gifts in this way. It certainly feels good to be more prepared for whatever medical emergencies may occur.

We also set up a meeting for next Tuesday afternoon of our Hispanic Support Team to meet with Ann Handschu and Sergio Reyes from the Conference Congregational Development office to discuss how to develop a sustainable Hispanic ministry that is integrated with our current Family Ministries. Cheryl Platt informed me that we now have dates for our new Church Pictorial Directory. Photo sittings will be scheduled from April 24-May 9.

Some of you tried to register for the recent Bridges Out of Poverty Workshop Pastor which Matthew and I experienced in December but found it was full. I received an email that they have some openings for the same workshop offered on two consecutive Monday nights, February 9 & 16 from 6:00-9:00 pm. This is a valuable training for our dream of creating a ministry to help people move out of poverty. To register, go to The cost is $40.

The Family Ministries team will be selling tickets this Sunday to the Wheels of Wonder Skating Party scheduled for next Friday, January 23, from 5:00-7:00 pm. Look for the table in the lobby.

In worship this Sunday, we will learn about the book of Luke. You will discover why the writer has a strong interest in the least and the lost. In preparation, read Luke 6:26-35. Ben Life will also share some easy ways for you to support the Reynosa Mission Trip coming up in February.

See you Sunday,

Rev. Jerry

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